Newsletter 12th September 22
Headteacher: Mr. J. Molyneux
Monday 12th September 2022
Spiritual Reflection – A Life Well Lived – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – 1926 – 2022
The following paragraphs have been written by Archbishop Vincent Nichols. (Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales)
On 21 April 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, Princess Elizabeth said, ‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.’ Now, seventy-five years later, we are heartbroken in our loss at her death, and so full of admiration for the unfailing way in which she fulfilled that declaration.
Even in my sorrow, shared with so many around the world, I am filled with an immense sense of gratitude for the gift to the world that has been the life of Queen Elizabeth II. At this time, we pray for the repose of the soul of Her Majesty. We do so with confidence, because the Christian faith marked every day of her life and activity.
In her Millennium Christmas message, she said, ‘To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.’
This faith, so often and so eloquently proclaimed in her public messages, has been an inspiration to me, and I am sure to many. The wisdom, stability and service which she consistently embodied, often in circumstances of extreme difficulty, are a shining legacy and testament to her faith.
Our prayer is that she is now received into the merciful presence of God, there to be reunited with her beloved Prince Philip. This is the promise of our faith, and our deep consolation.
Queen Elizabeth II will remain, always, a shining light in our history. May she now rest in peace.
Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her;
may she rest in peace.
We pray for His Majesty the King, as he assumes his new office even as he mourns his mother.
O God, to whom every human power is subject,
Grant to your servant His Majesty the King
wisdom in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering to you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from unity and peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
God, forever and ever,
School Closure – Monday 19th September
The official date of the State Funeral is 19 September 2022. This day will be a bank holiday and settings that are normally closed on a bank holiday should close on this day as a mark of respect. This will include schools and colleges.
PTA – We need you!
We desperately need more parent volunteers to join our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Our PTA team help with much needed fundraising activities in school and we would welcome any support or help you could offer. If you are interested in joining our existing team of fabulous parents please contact the School Office via Class Dojo.
Welcome to St Austin’s School
It was wonderful to see children back to school last week all looking very smart in their uniforms and ready for learning in their new classes. We would like to say a special Welcome to our new Reception children who started with us on a phased start last week, they all did incredibly well at starting a new school routine and enjoyed some fun activities. We do understand that for many of the parents of children in Reception this may be your first child in school and want to reassure you that if you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office, or your child’s class teacher via Class Dojo.
The following children have demonstrated in school that they are living by this virtue and have been recognised by their class teacher.
1/2 T: Nicholas
3/4 TA: Lilly
5/6 B: Zane
Year 4 Swimming
Children in Year 4 will start swimming lessons this Friday at Sun Lane Leisure Centre. Swimming is part of the curriculum and so it is important that every child takes part; only children with a letter from a doctor regarding a medical condition will be permitted to not take part.
It is essential that children come every Friday prepared for their lesson, they will need to bring a towel, swimwear, goggles if preferred, and a swimming hat for ALL girls and any boys with longer hair. Swimwear should be suitable and of the correct size. Girls swimwear must be a one piece swimming costume (bikinis are not permitted). Please ensure the swimwear fits your child correctly and does not gape. Children should come to school in their PE kits on swimming days.
Main portion – sandwich, wrap, bagel, pasta, salad bowl with added protein such as cheese/ meat. Houmous pot with veg sticks. Include carbohydrate and proteins in this serving.
Fruit – any fruit such as apples, bananas, pears, pineapple chunks, grapes (halved lengthways), blueberries, raspberries etc. Add variety
Vegetables – carrot, cucumber , pepper sticks, cherry tomatoes (halved ) etc.
Yoghurt / dairy – yoghurt, cheese cubes
Sweet Portion– biscuit, cake. This should only be ONE portion if desired.
Dried Fruits – for example, raisins, dried blueberries, mango, banana
Nuts – NO nuts, nut bars, foods containing nuts including chocolate spreads, chocolate filled croissants. We have children in school with severe nut allergies and are a Nut free School
Chocolate bars– NO chocolate bars. Small biscuits with chocolate acceptable.
Sweets – NO sweets
Carbonated drinks – no fizzy or sugary drinks, cans or glass bottles
Crisps – may be given on occasion but please don’t include this daily, consider baked or wholegrain versions.
Remember – there is no need to pay for Class Dojo!
Dojo is a free app and we would like ALL parents to engage and use this platform. There is the option to pay to upgrade and have additional features such as parental rewards, however, it is NOT necessary to pay for the upgrade for school use.
Class Attendance Award
Class 5W was last weeks attendance winners with 96.77%.
Headteacher Recognition Award
The following children have been chosen by their teacher to receive a personalised letter from our Headteacher, Mr Molyneux .
RS: Well done to All the children for a fantastic first week at St Austin’s
RG: Well done to All the children for a fantastic first week at St Austin’s
1/2 T: Nadia
3/ 4TA: Ali
5W: Jacob B
6B: Jakub R
Our star handwriters for the last week were:
1/2 T: Bobby
3CD: Anabel A
3/4 TA: Aira
This academic year we have moved suppliers to our new provider ‘Cool Milk’. If you wish for your child to have a daily milk carton please register and pay online at www.coolmilk.com
If your child is entitled to income related free school meals then your child is entitled to free milk.
Extra Curricular Achievements
We would love to celebrate your child’s extra curricular achievements in our weekly newsletter. Please email any photos or information of rewards you would like us to share at email@example.com
School Calendar for the Academic Year 2022-2023
Autumn Term 2022
Open: Monday 6th September
Inset Day: Monday 19th September
Inset Day: Friday 21st October
Open: Monday 31st October Close: Tuesday 20th December
Spring Term 2023
Open: Wednesday 4th January Close: Friday 10th February
Open: Monday 20th February Close: Wednesday 5th April
Summer Term 2023
Open: Monday 24th April Bank Holiday: Monday 1st May Close: Friday 26th May
Open: Monday 5th June Close: Friday 21st July
Inset Day: Monday 24th July Inset Day: Tuesday 25th July
St Austin’s Safeguarding Team
A reminder of who is a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in our school. If you are concerned about a child you should discuss this with a member of the Safeguarding team.
Mr Molyneux -DSL Lead Mr Senior Deputy DSL Mr Laurie – Deputy DSL Mrs Scott Deputy DSL
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